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Top Ten Live Music Venues

The Circle City touts a barrage of music venues. From intimate stages where bands like the Rolling Stones and Elton John have played, to a cozy spot in the grass with city views and the sounds of today's hottest acts.

The Lawn at White River State Park
  1. Klipsch Music Center: Just 30 minutes north of downtown, this is the most active performance center, offering more than 30 shows annually like Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flatts, and Jimmy Buffett.
  2. The Lawn at White River State Park: A 6,000-seat grass amphitheater offering views of the city lights and big name performances from the likes of Umphrey's McGee, O.A.R., and John Fogerty.
  3. Rathskeller: Located on Mass Ave. this historic German restaurant/biergarten offers a crowd-pleasing lineup every weekend.
  4. Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Home to the NBA's Indiana Pacers, this venue also hosts a variety of major acts, from Michael Buble to Lady Gaga.
  5. Slippery Noodle Inn: As a go-to spot for visiting celebrities, this historic venue has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone as one of the top blues bars in the nation.
  6. Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre: With an Egyptian facade and unique decor, this intimate and charming theater is located in the Mass Ave cultural district.
  7. Hi-Fi: For intimate shows with up-and-coming acts take the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to Fountain Square for a show at the 195-capacity Hi-Fi.
  8. Hilbert Circle Theatre: Home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, this venue also hosts additional classical performances.
  9. Radio Radio: Located in Fountain Square in a small box setting, Indie-Indy bands come into the spotlight and keep this joint rocking.
  10. The Vogue: Catch big acts before they get big like James Morrison, Better than Ezra, and Augustana in this movie house turned club.

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